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Hey everyone, I have a few questions regarding SBS 2008. Basically, we have a client(new client to be exact) who wants to have their exchange in house. There is about 20-30 users at this location, and another 4-5 at one of their satellite offices. In the future, I'd also like to move them over to AD. Will a Small Business Server 2008 be able to accommodate all this, or should I be looking at something bigger. I've been trying to find a pro/cons of SBS 2008 in comparison to other versions of server 2008, but haven't found anything worth while yet. Please help! :)
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well sbs 2008 supports a maximum of 75 users or devices so you should technically be OK.  Also dont forget hardware then.  Ive had our salespeople sell sbs boxes that were basically maxed as soon as i went live with it.
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So i would say SBS 2003 for the time being unless your client can hold onto it until next year?
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Agreed - if your client has the budget to purchase SBS 2003 now, then upgrade to 2008 after it is released, then that would be an option. You would need to ensure you purchase SBS 2008 capable hardware now, (particularly a 64-bit CPU to run Exchange 2007), otherwise you will be spending out for new server hardware during the upgrade too.

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Thanks for all the info. One more noob question, it's more of a down the road thing then anything immediate. Say we go with SBS for the time being, and we hit the 75 user max a year or two from now. I'd assume we'd either have to add a new server, or upgrade the SBS to a different license?

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I guess to rephrase, what would our options be when we hit the 75th user.
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You would either have to upgrade to Essential Business Server, which has more relaxed licensing requirements by allowing you to separate roles between up to 3 servers and a higher limit on the number of users. Alternatively, you would purchase the Microsoft Transition Pack, which removes all the SBS licensing restrictions, converting the network to a non-SBS network without the licensing restrictions, with which you can then migate to other servers as you wish.

If you can see yourself hitting 75 users pretty quickly, then you would want to get EBS from the outset.
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So just to clarify, the 75 user limit applies across the whole of your SBS Active Directory domain - adding an extra server would not have any effect.

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Awesome, thanks for all the info!
12 November 2008 is the official launch date for both SBS 2008 or EBS 2008. If you need it now your only option is SBS 2003, even though you are willing to take a chance regarding system stability :)

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